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Source in KTVU Gaffe Reportedly an Ex-Pilot

KTVU‘s source of the fake names for the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 was an ex-pilot familiar to the San Francisco Fox affiliate, Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.

The source of the names, which were read by anchor Tori Campbell on a newscast last month, has been the cause of much speculation. The source, who had reportedly “worked with KTVU in the past and was considered to be trustworthy,” sent the names to the station electronically, via email or text, according to Lieberman.

Three producers were fired in the aftermath of the incident. Lieberman also reports that one other person who approved the names, the station’s managing editor, remains at KTVU.

TVSpy’s requests for comment to KTVU and to Roland DeWolk, one of the producers fired over the incident, were not returned.

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KTVU Fires Three Producers Over Asiana Airlines Mistake

San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU has fired three producers involved with reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock — who tweeted “oh shit!” immediately after the names were read on the air — have been fired, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The employees’ names were first reported by San Francisco media blogger Rich Lieberman.

The Chronicle reports a fourth producer on the noon newscast, Elvin Sledge, is leaving the station for health reasons.

Anchor Tori Campbell read the fake names, which included Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow, on the noon newscast July 12. The station apologized later in the newscast and released a written apology later that evening, saying the names were confirmed by the NTSB. The NTSB said a summer intern had “acted outside the scope of his authority” and confirmed the names.

Earlier this week, KTVU filed copyright claims to remove video of the gaffe from YouTube. General manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy that the mistake was insensitive and offensive and “continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive.” Social media journalist Matthew Keys filed counterclaims with YouTube on fair use grounds; some of the videos have since been restored.

KTVU did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

>Update: “It is KTVU’s policy to not comment on any personnel issues,” general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy in an email.

Poll Results: KTVU Shouldn’t Have Pulled YouTube Video

The results are in on yesterday’s poll asking whether KTVU made the right call in pulling the YouTube video of anchor Tori Campbell reading the fake crew names of the crashed Asiana Airlines flight 214.

Nearly two-thirds of the 432 readers who voted said the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate made the wrong call to claim copyright on the YouTube video.

Smart or Not? KTVU Blocks Fake Pilot Name Video from YouTube

KTVU has made the wrong move     56.94%

KTVU has made the right move        39.81%

Some left us comments disagreeing with the station’s decision. One commenter wrote, “Lame attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.” While another said, “Classic hypocritical thinking. We can report on you but you can’t report on us.”

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POLL: Smart or Not? KTVU Has Video of Fake Asiana Pilot Names Pulled from YouTube

KTVU is exerting its copyright claim on YouTube videos showing anchor Tori Campbell reading fake names identifying the pilots of Asiana flight 214.

>UPDATE: KTVU vice president and general manager Tom Raponi responded to TVSpy’s question about pulling the videos saying, “The accidental mistake we made was insensitive and offensive.  By now, most people have seen it.  At this point, continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive, especially to the many in our Asian community who were offended.  Consistent with our apology, we are carrying through on our responsibility to minimize the thoughtless repetition of the video by others.”

The YouTube videos embedded on media websites, including TVSpy, showing Campbell reading the names ”Captain Sum Ting Wong,” Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow,” have been replaced with the notice, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KTVU.”

While some media bloggers think removing the videos may be the wrong move for the Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate, we want to know what you think:

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.